Springtime, Japanese Garden
I am in my fifties and have decided I can no longer wait to get healthy, so I am using SparkPeople as a way to create and maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. I am interested in cooking, especially learning more vegetarian recipes. Yoga is another interest, I think it is great for both physical and mental health. I hope everyone finds the support & encouragement they need, and I am grateful for this opportunity to join the SparkPeople community.
I plan on aging not only gracefully, but in great health!
Becoming fit, flexible and firm is my goal, as well as achieving balance (both literally and figuratively!).
I am using SparkPeople for tracking and motivation - working on cleaner, healthier eating both at home and on the road, and simply moving more often, working up to more structured exercise.
I am a recent addition to the Pacific NW, after living most of my life in the Midwest. I travel a great deal for work and have struggled in the past with weight and health issues. I am committed to change now and am so very grateful for the support and advice available through SparkPeople.
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
| Pounds lost: 5.8
Welcome to Spark People, you are a part of an AWESOME community! There is tons of help and support available, and any time you need anything, you can stop by my page. Good luck and best wishes on your weight loss and getting fit journey, the best you is yet to come!!!
1453 days ago
Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP eight month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.
To celebrate your arrival at SP in this soon-to-be summer season, I would like to wish you a everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle
1455 days ago
on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! And prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say to Spark People.
This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
don't to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you.
Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS.
Some things to remember: drink plenty of water every day!
sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. healthier every day. Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to every day. when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories!
MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DONíT LOSE weight or inchesÖTAKE THEM OFF, KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You arenít interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and you will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
1457 days ago